This volume collects some of the best presentations offered at the African Literature Association’s 25th annual conference held in 1999. The conference venue--Fez, Morocco--was an apt setting for the conference’s theme: "Continental North-South and Diaspora Linkages and Connections," sitting on the cusp of the continent, reaching out and gathering in from all directions.
Bringing together, for the first time, a large number of scholars, creative writers and artists from Northern Africa and their counterparts from Sub-Saharan Africa, the conference and this collection highlight the inspiring and stimulating dialogue between two literary and cultural areas that have often been artificially compartmentalized.
Opening with four important addresses by Amadou Mahtar M’Bow (on trans-Saharan and diaspora connections), Abdellatif Laâbi (on literature, ethics and home), and Boubacar Boris Diop (on writing), the contributions span the continent and the world. From "Women Warriors" to the spy novels of Asse Gučye, Gisčle Pineau to Assia Djebar, Muammar Qaddafi to Ernest Hemingway, the essays collected draw surprising connections, provide illuminating analyses, and spectacularly illustrate the breadth and dynamism of the African literary traditions.
Series: African Literature Association Annual
Paperback: 328 pages
Publisher: Africa World Press (January 2004)
Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds